|What my Spring should bring--"Private eyes" tulips.|
And then I realized how much that tulip-planting-praying thought process echoes life lately. Right now, midway through this final year as a doctoral student, I'm praying for tulips. Tulips being a successful dissertation defense, a good job, a stable outlook for the future. Have I prepared well enough? Are the "weather" conditions favorable? Will things be "coming up tulips" this Spring?
|Celebrated New Year's eve with my|
bestie and her fam. Happy New Year!
In any case, I got to thinking about goals and resolutions. I've been through my typical New Year's day ritual of goal setting (explained here and here). I've written 78 new (or re-upped) goals across four categories including the unsurprising "finish my dissertation" split out into 10 sub-goals, along with fun things like: "Take a photography class," "find a go-to cake recipe," "write every day," "learn how to fly," and (don't be shocked) "plant tulips." I've got lots of measurable, attainable tasks on my list along with a few less finite pursuits like "cultivate patience" and "be less messy."
And I have hope.
I've done good work. I've learned a ton. I try every day (well, most every day) to be a better person. Whether or not my tulips bloom or I find a job right away, I'll still be loved and happy. (Poor, but happy, right?)
So anyway. Hope your New Year is off to a grand start and that the next 364 days bring you joy, love and prosperity, and all that hopeful stuff we say at the beginning of the year.
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